Lottery Fallout: Sixers Will Receive Sacramento’s Unprotected Draft Pick in 2019

Vlade Divac, vice president of basketball operations and general manager of the Sacramento Kings | Kelley L Cox-USA TODAY Sports

Vlade Divac, vice president of basketball operations and general manager of the Sacramento Kings | Kelley L Cox-USA TODAY Sports

Last summer, the Philadelphia 76ers made a trade with the Sacramento Kings where they received Nik Stauskas, Carl Landry, Jason Thompson, the right to swap picks with the Kings (at the Sixers’ discretion) in both 2016 and 2017, as well as a future first round pick.

All the Sixers gave up in this deal were the 47th and 60th picks in the 2015 draft, as well as a little bit of short-term salary cap flexibility.

After the results of Tuesday night’s lottery, that future draft pick the Kings owe the Sixers just became a little bit more valuable.

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Sixers Get The 1st Pick In 2016 NBA Draft

NBA deputy commissioner Mark Tatum, left, poses for a photo with Philadelphia 76ers head coach Brett Brown during the NBA basketball draft lottery, Tuesday, May 17, 2016, in New York. The 76ers won the top pick in this year's draft.

NBA deputy commissioner Mark Tatum, left, poses for a photo with Philadelphia 76ers head coach Brett Brown during the NBA basketball draft lottery, Tuesday, May 17, 2016, in New York. The 76ers won the top pick in this year’s draft.

It seems that the Philadelphia 76ers may have finally gotten the stroke of luck that this rebuild has needed.

After the lottery balls finally fell their way, the Sixers will hold the first pick in June 23rd’s NBA draft. The Sixers drafted 3rd in each of the previous two drafts under former general manager Sam Hinkie.

The Sixers, by virtue of holding the worst record in the league, as well as the right to swap picks with the Sacramento Kings, came into the day with a 26.9 percent chance at the top overall pick and a virtual coin flip – 49.5 percent chance – of landing a top-2 pick.

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Breaking Down the Sixers Odds in Tonight’s Lottery

The Sixers selected Jahlil Okafor third overall in the 2015 NBA draft | Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports

The Sixers selected Jahlil Okafor third overall in the 2015 NBA draft | Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports

Tonight is a huge night in the course of the 76ers franchise, for obvious reasons. The difference between having Brandon Ingram or Jamal Murray as a building block going forward is monumental. It’s the difference between, finally, having a small amount of certainty in the Sixers’ universe, or heading into another offseason filled with unknowns.

How likely are these various outcomes? How remote is the possibility of the worst case scenario? Here’s a quick rundown of the mathematical probabilities for each of the 11 possible outcomes.

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Joel Embiid Ramping Up Workouts

Joel Embiid practices before the Sixers played the Los Angeles Clippers on February 8th, 2016 | Bill Streicher-USA TODAY Sports

Sixers center Joel Embiid has apparently ramped up his workouts as he attempts to return from surgery to repair the navicular bone in his right foot. | Bill Streicher-USA TODAY Sports

Last week, a report came out that 76ers center Joel Embiid, who is working his way back from surgery performed last offseason to repair the navicular bone in his right foot, was cleared to begin performing two-on-two drills.

While the 76ers have declined to either confirm or deny those reports, video has been released of Embiid ramping up the intensity of his workouts.

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Jahlil Okafor Finishes 5th in Rookie of the Year Voting

Jahlil Okafor scored a career-high 31 points in the Sixers' 129-103 loss to the Mavericks | Jerome Miron-USA TODAY Sports

Sixers’ center Jahlil Okafor finished 5th in rookie of the year voting | Jerome Miron-USA TODAY Sports

Jahlil Okafor finished 5th in Rookie of the Year voting, the NBA announced today.

Okafor, who received a total of 34 points, finished behind Minnesota’s Karl-Anthony Towns (650 points), New York’s Kristaps Porzingis (363), Denver’s Nikola Jokic (59), and Phoenix’s Devin Booker (49).

Towns was a unanimous winner, receiving all 130 first place votes. Porzingis received 117 out of 130 second place votes.

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Sixers Ink Deal with StubHub for Jersey Advertisements

Stubhub Sixers jersey

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The Philadelphia 76ers will wear an ad for StubHub on its jerseys. The team announced today the deal will begin in the 2017-18 NBA season.

“This marks another groundbreaking first for the Philadelphia 76ers and StubHub,” 76ers CEO Scott O’Neil said in a release. “Our brands are now inextricably linked as we create lifelong memories for our fans in Philadelphia and around the world.” Our brands are now inextricably linked. Go StubHub Sixers! Read more »

2016 NBA Lottery: What Sixers Fans Need To Know

Results from the 2015 NBA draft | Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports

Results from the 2015 NBA draft | Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports

The NBA lottery will take place Tuesday night, an event which has the chance to completely alter the trajectory of a franchise.

It’s the kind of event that can leave a team with either Blake Griffin or Hasheem Thabeet, with Derrick Rose or Michael Beasley. And, for as much as we like to be in control of our own destiny, it’s a night that turns rational executives into superstitious creatures, left to the whims of a ping pong ball machine to influence the next decade of team building.

What does it mean for the Sixers?

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Bryan Colangelo: Strengths, Weaknesses, and Concerns Going Forward

Bryan Colangelo represents the Toronto Raptors during the NBA basketball draft lottery, May 21, 2013.

What can Sixers fans expect from Bryan Colangelo going forward?

“Bryan’s record and credentials and experience in the NBA building two franchises speak for themselves. He would have been anyone’s target.”

Joshua Harris, managing owner of the Philadelphia 76ers

That someone’s credentials speak for themselves and he would have been anyone’s target is a pretty lofty claim, especially for an executive who has been unemployed for the last three seasons.

That claim gets even more dubious when it is used to justify interviewing “not that many” candidates for their open president of basketball operations role, as Joshua Harris  admitted to.

Does Bryan Colangelo‘s track record really speak for itself? Was it strong enough for him to have been essentially handed the position of president of basketball operations without an exhaustive search? And what can 76ers fans expect from the new man in charge going forward?

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